Books I’ve Read: 2021

In 2021 I read a lot. But most of that was bingeing sweet romances and cozy mysteries, not MG and YA. I did read a handful of YA that I loved this year, though, and I’m glad to share them now. (If you want the full list, including the romances and cozies and the few nonfiction titles, my email subscribers get access to everything.) A few of the YA books include some adult situations, violence, or language that may not be suitable for younger readers, so I’ve marked them as PG13.

A lot of these books knocked my socks off, to be honest. I always love Patricia C. Wrede’s books (as you can see by how many of them I reread this year), and Naomi Novik has quickly become one of my new favorites. The Night Circus and Instructions for Dancing were both gorgeous and heartbreaking, and I’m already thinking of rereading Dear Hero. I hope you find some books to enjoy!

The Westing Game—Ellen Raskin

Daughter of the Forest—Juliet Marillier (reread, PG13)

Son of the Shadows—Juliet Marillier (reread, PG13)

The Girl Who Drank the Moon—Kelly Barnhill

Child of the Prophecy—Juliet Marillier (reread, PG13)

The Graveyard Book—Neil Gaiman

The Silence Between Us—Alison Gervais

Holes—Louis Sachar

The Good Hawk—Joseph Elliott

Sorcery and Cecelia—Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer (reread)

A Deadly Education—Naomi Novik

Mairelon the Magician—Patricia C. Wrede

Magician’s Ward—Patricia C. Wrede

Beauty’s Cursed Sleep—Mary E. Twomey

Spindle’s End—Robin McKinley (reread)

Children of Blood and Bone—Tomi Adeyemi (BIPOC)

Dear Hero—Hope Bolinger and Alyssa Roat

Beauty—Robin McKinley (reread)

The Lady Jewel Diviner—Rosalie Oaks

The Moria Pearls—Rosalie Oaks

The Sapphire Library—Rosalie Oaks

The Crossover—Kwame Alexander (BIPOC)

The Rose Legacy—Jessica Day George

Tuesdays at the Castle—Jessica Day George

Merci Suarez Changes Gears—Meg Medina (BIPOC, Newbery)

The Night Circus—Erin Morganstern (PG13)

Instructions for Dancing—Nicola Yoon (BIPOC)

More than His Best Friend—Sally Henson

When You Reach Me—Rebecca Stead

A Thief in Time—Cidney Swanson

The Blue Castle—L.M. Montgomery

Pure—Catherine Mesick

Thirteenth Child—Patricia C. Wrede (reread)

Across the Great Barrier—Patricia C. Wrede (reread)

The Far West—Patricia C. Wrede (reread)

From the Desk of Zoe Washington—Janae Marks (BIPOC)

Anne of Green Gables—L.M. Montgomery

Anne of Avonlea—L.M. Montgomery

The Bear and the Nightingale—Katherine Arden

Rule #1: You Can’t Date the Coach’s Daughter—Anne-Marie Meyer

Ink and Bone—Rachel Caine

Off Limits: the Best Friend—Kat Bellemore

The Girl in the Tower—Katherine Arden

The Last Graduate—Naomi Novik (PG13)

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